Hedley George BRASNETT

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Hedley George BRASNETT

Private Hedley George Brasnett
31st Battalion, The Canadian Infantry Regiment

Hedley George Brasnett was born on 10 November, 1894, in Runhall, in Norwich, Norfolk, England, the youngest of seven children of Laura and Frederick Brasnett.Hedley went to Canada as a young man of 17 and settled in Saskatchewan. He served with honour in World War 1One with the 31st Canadian Infantry Battalion and was wounded in the battle of Armienes. After three years in military hospitals, he settled in Swift Current, Saskatchewan, in 1920 where he married his beloved wife of sixty-seven years, Winifred Pescud. Hedley was for many years the manager of Macdonalds Consolidated in Swift Current, Moose Jaw and Regina. In 1949, he established and managed the Alaska Grocery in Calgary. They moved to Chilliwack in 1953 and they operated the CPR Telegraph from 1953 to 1968.

They had two sons, William in Lac La Ronge, Saskatchewan; Fred in Calgary, three daughters, Madeleine, Winona and Dorothy and have sixteen grandchildren. Hedley George Brasnett died on 9 May, 1989, at the age of 95.

Military records show that all four Brasnett brothers fought in WWI - Hedley and John Clarke fought with the Canadian Expeditionary Forces, Archibald Henry served with the Royal Navy, whilst Frederick Owen fought with the British Army.

John was killed on 27 September 1916 during the Battle of the Somme and Archibald died on 22 February 1919 while serving with HMS Mallow.

Private Brasnett was treated at Highfield Hall Red Cross Hospital, Southampton.

Information courtesy of Private Brasnett’s grandson, Rick Brasnett, and Suzanne Happe, Veterans Affairs Officer, Canadian High Commission, London.